Quantum Theory Of The Solid State: An Introduction by Lev KantorovichQuantum Theory Of The Solid State: An Introduction by Lev Kantorovich

Quantum Theory Of The Solid State: An Introduction

byLev Kantorovich

Paperback | May 31, 2004

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"Quantum Physics of the Solid State: an Introduction" Draft foreword: 26/09/03 If only this book had been available when I was starting out in science! It would have saved me countless hours of struggle in trying to apply the general ideas of the standard solid-state text-books to solve real problems. The fact is that most of the texts stop at the point where the real difficulties begin. The great merit of this book is that it describes in an honest and detailed way what one really has to do in order to understand the multifarious properties of solids in terms of the fundamental physical theory of quantum mechanics. University students of the physical sciences are taught about the fundamental the­ ories, and know that quantum mechanics, together with relativity, is our basis for understanding the physical world. But the practical difficulties of using quantum mechanics to do anything useful are usually not very well explained. The truth is that the application of quantum theory to achieve our present detailed understand­ ing of solids has required the development of a large array of mathematical tech­ niques. This is closely analogous to the challenge faced long ago by theoretical astronomers in trying to apply Newton's equations of motion to the heavens -they too had to develop a battery of theoretical and computational techniques to do cal­ culations that could be compared with observation.
Title:Quantum Theory Of The Solid State: An IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:626 pagesPublished:May 31, 2004Publisher:Kluwer Boston Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1402021534

ISBN - 13:9781402021534


Table of Contents

1 Structures.- 2 The reciprocal lattice and X-ray diffraction.- 3 Binding in Crystals.- 4 Atomic vibrations.- 5 Electrons in a periodic potential.- 6 Magnetism.- 7 Superconductivity.- 8 Dielectric materials.- 9 *Modern methods of electronic structure calculations.